Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Introducing The Apple Ipad

Finally! After years of speculation, Apple has introduced the Ipad to the world. In typical fashion Steve Jobs presented the new device in front of a packed audience of eager spectators and reporters. He stood on stage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Fransisco, site of other legendary launches, dressed in a black turtle neck and jeans. Job's described the device as "truly magical and revolutionary". He went on to say that it has created "third catagory" of devises next to the PC and Iphone. The crowd was in awe as he demonstrated several features of the device. "It's like hold the internet in your hands" he added.

The Ipad weighs a lean 1.5lbs and is half an inch thick. The device features a 9.7" LCD screen touchscreen combined with an updated Apple Iphone OS ripe for apps, music and movies. The Ipad also boasts a custom one-GHz possessor chip called the A4 which is the first of it's kind to be shipped in an Apple devibe. The new OS will be equipped with 11 pre-loaded apps including iwork and ibooks

It's no secret that Apple has been forming alliances with several different content providers for it's iBook application , a e-reading app for the Ipad. Books and magazines can include color, movies and sound. This feature alone will blow away current e-book readers. Five major publishers have signed on to the ibook store--HaperCollins, MacMillen, Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster.

What really got people excited was the price! Originally expected to range from $800-1000. Apple announced that the Ipad's price will start at $499 for the 16gb, $599 for the 32GB and $699 for 64gb. 3G will be made available through an additional AT&T fee.

Obviously Apple has a good track record when it comes to pioneering new devices and categories. By the looks of today's event, we're in for a wild ride.

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